MARIO BALOTELLI is poised to take the cake yet again … but this time by moving to Genoa.
The controversial ex-Manchester City and Liverpool striker is a free agent after leaving Brescia during the summer.
Surprise Serie A leaders Genoa, who narrowly escaped the drop last summer, now hope to sign the 30-year-old.
Genoa sporting director Daniele Faggiano previously tried to recruit Italy international Balo for Parma last year.
And the striker's agent Mino Raiola has offered him to the port city club, who lead Italy's top flight following a 4-1 opening day win over Crotone last Sunday.
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The city of Genoa is famous for its cakes, as well as being the birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus.
Faggiano addressed media talk of Balotelli's potential arrival.
He said: "You guys have been having fun with the Balotelli story, but we are working on everything.
"Mario is an important player, and I think he can still do a good job for us.
"So let's see what happens."
Balotelli has been linked to a range of clubs since his spell with Brescia came to an unhappy end.
Serie C club Como, Brazilian giants Flamengo and Romanian champions CFR Cluj have all shown interest in the wayward frontman.
Balotelli helped City win the Premier League and FA Cup before ending a three-year Etihad spell to join AC Milan in 2013.
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